Commitment to Learning
Master’s students may take a range of courses and explore projects that intertwine their fields of study with other academic disciplines. GSAS elective courses supplement the core curriculum and provide additional training while enhancing students’ understanding of their fields of study. Among NYU’s strengths as a research institution is its ability to provide master’s students with an incredible breadth of elective courses. These electives are used to explore topics that are directly related to the students’ focus.
Motivation and Effort
Master’s degree curricula are challenging and often require significant reading, writing, lab or library research, and the ability to be self-motivating and work independently or on group projects. Master’s programs differ from one another, depending on the academic field and the focus of the faculty give the students opportunity to succeed in school and beyond. To assist master’s students, the GSAS Master's College holds events throughout the academic year which include workshops on various topics. Some of the topics these workshops have covered are time management, research techniques, grant writing, resume writing and building interview skills.
Typically, the length of GSAS master’s programs ranges from one year to three years of study. Students who pursue full-time study may complete their degree requirements more quickly than those studying on a part-time basis.
Master’s students conduct research during their graduate studies, but the type of research differs from program to program.
The Master’s College, in collaboration with the Bobst Library System and other university resource offices, offers several research skills workshops throughout the year. These workshops help master’s students improve their research techniques, increase their knowledge of citation rules, and gain a greater understanding of how to employ the significant resources of NYU’s library system. The Master's College focuses workshops on making the most of the library's resources.
Entering students are expected to have a strong interest in their chosen field of study.
Each master’s program differs in its expectations for entering students. Prospective master’s students are encouraged to consult the departmental websites to explore the specific requirements of their program and attend a recruiting event in your area or the GSAS Master’s Virtual Open House which takes place online throughout the year.
Writing is integral to most master’s degree programs. GSAS offers a summer course to prepare entering master’s students for graduate-level writing, and the University’s Writing Center offers assistance to students seeking support with writing projects.